College of Social Sciences
2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8414
Fax: (808) 956-4700
*K. A. Minke, PhD (Chair)-human learning, paradigmatic behaviorism, statistics and methodology
*M. Rapport, PhD (Graduate Chair)-attention deficit disorders, childhood psychopathology, psychopharmacology
*M. E. Bitterman, PhD-behavioral neuroscience, animal learning
*D. D. Blaine, PhD-quantitative methods, individual differences in learning and cognition
*R. J. Blanchard, PhD-behavioral neuroscience, aggression, emotion, fear and anxiety
*J. G. Carlson, PhD-stress psychophysiology, health psychology, clinical
*B. Chorpita, PhD-clinical childhood anxiety disorders
*T. J. Ciborowski, PhD-developmental, sport psychology, cross-cultural
P. Couvillon, PhD-behavioral neuroscience
*R. A. Dubanoski, PhD-developmental, environmental toxins/sensitivities (on leave-Dean of College of Social Sciences)
*E. Hatfield, PhD-social, emotions, social-psychophysiology
*S. N. Haynes, PhD-clinical, medical, psychopathology, assessment
*E. M. Heiby, PhD-clinical depression, compliance assessment, integrated behavioral theory
*L. M. Herman, PhD-animal behavior/cognition; whales, dolphins
*L. A. James, PhD-social-personality, library skills, psycholinguistics
*J. Junginger, PhD-clinical psychology
*A. J. Marsella, PhD-clinical, psychopathology, cross-cultural
*C. R. O'Donnell, PhD-community, crime, social ecology
*R. L. Randall, PhD-statistics
*H. L. Roitblat, PhD-cognition, comparative cognition
*S. I. Shapiro, PhD-psychology of knowledge and wisdom, Asian psychology, transpersonal psychology
C. H. Sophian, PhD-developmental, cognitive development in children
*G. Tanabe, PhD-community
*K. M. Vitousek, PhD-clinical, cognitive behavioral approaches, eating disorders
*D. L. Watson, PhD-self-control, applied social, higher education
*A. Wylie, PhD-adult mental illness
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
R. W. Brislin, PhD-social-personality
B. D. DeBaryshe, PhD-social development, parent-child relations, stress and resilience
P. W. Dowrick, PhD-video research
C. Gotay, PhD-gerontology
V. A. Kameoka, PhD-clinical
J. Mobley, PhD-animal cognition
P. E. Nachtigall, PhD-marine mammal behavior
A. M. Peters, PhD-psycholinguistics
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
J. S. Annon, PhD-clinical
H. S. Bracha, MD-schizophrenia
J. T. Fawcett, PhD-social-personality
E. Kubany, PhD-clinical
W. T. Tsushima, PhD-neuropsychology
Degrees and Certificate Offered: BA in psychology, MA in psychology, PhD in psychology, Certificate in Clinical Psychology
The Academic Program
Psychology (PSY) can be defined as the science of mind and behavior. Some psychology majors are preparing to enter graduate school, where they will be trained to become professional psychologists. Others use psychology as a pre-professional major for other fields, such as law or medicine. The majority of psychology majors, however, are using psychology as a general liberal arts major. Psychology is qualified as a discipline for this purpose. An understanding of the spectrum of psychological knowledge, methods, and concepts facilitates and enhances productivity in virtually every area of human endeavor. This understanding also promotes interpersonal skills and sensitivities, as well as critical thinking skills. Collectively, these understandings foster a respect for others, which is a core element of the curriculum of the psychology department.
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is fortunate in having a psychology department composed of an unusually large number of internationally recognized figures in the field. Not only do students get to learn from these scholars in the classroom, but many receive direct training in cutting-edge research and the application of psychological knowledge. Areas of concentration include behavioral neuroscience, clinical studies (an APA accredited program), community and culture, developmental psychology, experimental psychopathology, health psychology, marine mammal behavior and biology, marine mammal sensory systems, social-personality, and teaching, learning, and cognition.
Students must complete 36 credit hours, including:
- 15 credits at the 300 level or above
- One course in statistics (PSY 210 or SOCS 225)
- One course in methodology (PSY 212
- One course from three of these four sets:
- PSY 220, 322, 324, 325
- PSY 230
- PSY 240
- PSY 250 or 260
- 3 credit hours in the advanced seminar series (PSY 4X9), excluding PSY 499)
A minimum GPA of 2.5 in psychology must be maintained.
PSY 100 is prerequisite to all other courses except PSY 170 and may be counted toward the major or the social science core requirement, but not both. No more than a combined total of 15 credits of practicum, teaching, and directed research may be counted for the major; no more than 9 credit hours in PSY 499 may be counted. Nevertheless, students intending to do graduate work are encouraged to enroll in PSY 499 and in PSY 408 or 478.
New majors should consult the chair of undergraduate studies as soon as possible for advising. Transfer students must earn at least 15 psychology credit hours at the Manoa campus.
The graduate program in psychology is designed to provide students with a strong background in theory, research methodology, and psychological issues. Currently, there are 10 concentrations in which students can receive specialized training: behavioral neuroscience, clinical studies (an APA accredited Program), community and culture, developmental psychology, experimental psychopathology, health psychology, marine mammal behavior and biology, marine mammal sensory systems, social-personality, and teaching, learning, and cognition. Specific details concerning each of the concentrations, their requirements, and faculty research interests may be obtained in one of four ways: (a) by writing to the Department of Psychology, University of Hawai'i, 2430 Campus Road, Gartley Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822, (b) by faxing your request to (808) 956-4700, (c) by sending an e-mail communication to M. D. Rapport, Chair of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org), or (d) by accessing the department's Web site (see above address).
Applications are considered only for the fall semester. Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree, have a minimum of 24 credit hours of undergraduate work in psychology (including courses in basic psychology such as research methodology, statistics, and learning, abnormal, social, developmental, personality, cognition, and physiological psychology), a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, strong letters of recommendation from professors, competitive general and psychology GRE scores (past applicants admitted as graduate students in the department tend to score at or above the 600 level on the various sub-domains of the GRE), and preferably one to two years of research experience. An application packet and detailed information relevant to the application process can be obtained from the Graduate Chair using the mailing, Fax, or e-mail addresses listed above. Completed applications must be received by the Graduate Division no later than January 1 each year, with the exception of GRE scores (which can arrive during the month of January).
The master's degree program includes a thesis and at least 32 credit hours of courses specified by the department and specific area of concentration. Detailed descriptions of specific requirements for each area of concentration are contained in the application brochure. The department does not offer a terminal master's degree program in psychology. Only students interested in pursuing a PhD degree are considered for admission. Students with a BA degree are admitted to the master's program and, upon successful completion, petition for entry into the doctoral program. Consult the application brochure for specific details concerning requirements and procedures for degree-seeking candidates.
Students must complete their master's degree (from UH or another accredited institution of higher learning) prior to entering the doctoral program in psychology at the University of Hawai'i. Specific course work and other relevant departmental and concentration specific requirements are described in detail in the application brochure.
Student must pass comprehensive examinations before proceeding to the dissertation.
Additional information concerning changes in the standards, specialization, other requirements, performance standards, and financial assistance is described in the application brochure and is available from the department (see above addresses to communicate your request).